A trio of grad students working out of Johns Hopkins University have developed a high-tech foot attachment that is designed to make it possible for upper-body amputees to play games using their feet. The project was kickstarted by student Gyorgy Levay after he lost both his hands to a meningitis infection.
The so-called Game Enhancing Augmented Reality attachment comprises a pair of foot attachments, each of which is fitted with a trio of movement-detecting sensors. As the player moves their foot around, the attachments' circuits translate them into in-game movements. Once a user becomes accustomed to the foot attachment setup, they can use it to elicit as many as 20 different functions.
This wearable is an important innovation considering the finding that a large percentage of amputees suffer from depression, something which can be alleviated with technologies that allow them to partake in activities that they enjoy, such as gaming.
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